On Saturday, before the Cardinals quarterback Keeler Murray He had to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, and took a day off from training. But Murray had a lot of work to do: Cliff Kingsbury made Murray the offensive player.
Kingsbury made it clear today that he wants Murray to have the experience so Murray understands Kingsbury’s perspective when calling plays at the Games.
“I just wanted him to know that this bullshit is not easy,” Kingsbury said. “Every now and then, he starts shaking his head when I call him in there, I’m like, ‘Okay big dog. “
Kingsbury said Murray would send plays through the midfielders’ helmet headphones and then keep talking to them while the plays were going on, making it difficult for them to focus.
“I wouldn’t want to play for Keeler Murray if I was a midfielder and he was the coach,” Kingsbury joked.
The unprecedented “homework clause” that the Cardinals put into Murray’s contract – only to agree to remove it after a backlash – led to questions about whether Murray’s mental approach to the game was sufficient. By giving Murray a chance to call in the plays, Kingsbury was giving him another chance to work on the mental side of the game.
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